Turtle Beach, Isla Bastimentos

  Monday, June 2, 2014 / Stephanie / Uncategorized  

Another beautiful morning at the marina and it looked like a great day for the beach! Gavin was ready to go! We took our jungle, "No, it's a rain forest," path toward the beach. [caption id="attachment_8916" align="aligncenter" width="5184"] Hydrangea[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8917" align="aligncenter" width="5184"] Breadfruit[/caption] Turtle Beach was a long walk away from the Red Frog Marina. But once arrived, we had our own private beach scattered with tree-trunk playgrounds. Inbetween making mud pies (mud cupcakes, mud cookies...Annika is an established sand baker), playing peek-a-boo around branches, and taking dips in the ocean we took a stroll down the beach to see what else we could find. [caption id="attachment_8927" align="aligncenter" width="5184"] Trail to Polo Beach[/caption] Then, it was time to head back toward Red Frog Beach for cold drinks and a bite to eat at the Palmar Tent Lodge. The Palmar Tent Lodge is an eco-friendly, beachfront resort. This is camping with style! The lodge offers daily yoga classes, delicious meals, and opportunities for surfing, spearfishing, kayaking, and local tours. The accommodations are earthy yet lovely; the resort functions on solar power and filtered rain water. The guests here are travelers passing through, each with his or her unique story to share. We enjoyed the afternoon at the lodge; eating lunch, playing cards, reading French comic books, and strolling along the beach keeping cool in the ocean. Then we headed back to Rode Trip where Brian and I cooked up pizzas while Darren, Katie, the kiddos, David, and Victoria freshened-up from their day at the beach. We spent the evening under the stars among new friends and old; getting acquainted with dock neighbors, sharing food, drink and good conversation. Annika even found a playmate, Donia (2 years-old), who'd arrived at the marina earlier that day with her parents in their motor trawler. Donia and her mother joined us while the girls played. We kicked back and enjoyed the cool night air under a starry ceiling. Ahhhh...I love vacations!